Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tjthresh:
4.47/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
What a nose!!! Black grapes, blueberry, light oak, warm alcohol, and sweet toffee and chocolate. Fantastic. Not all that impressive looking though. The pour is brown with some red hues, and a quickly fading soapy tan head. Wonderful flavors. I've always thought brandy barrels are the way to do with barley wine, and this is the best example. Great grape, wood, toffee, chocolate flavor with a bit of warm alcohol to make sure you know what you are drinking. Medium body. Mouth filling. Average carbonation. Just enough to be a complement. Average finish. I'd like it to hang around for a bit longer. Really though. I really can't think of what else I'd want in such a beer. Its a damn shame that its so difficult to come by.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2009 01:04:10 | More by tjthresh
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4.49/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A- Mahogany deep amber with a light head. Still as can be.
S- Oh my! Can smell the brandy, sugary molasses and charred caramel from a ways away (despite the lingering cigarette smoke on the jacket of the patron next to me). Hints of wood barrel and vanilla.
T- Follows nose really well. Lots of depth to this one. Brandy gets things kicking from the start. Lots of vanilla and cream. Syrup like dark fruits. Finishes warm. So intense.
M- It's strong as can be and it lets you know it from the get go. Some burn on the way down and a lingering dryness that leaves you smacking. I do enjoy the full, creamy feel though. Soft carbonation.
O- very impressed. Gets better with each sip (which is the only way it can be consumed) as it is so rich and succulent, but maybe that is the 15.2 talking. Would love to have a full bottle on a special occasion...too bad I can't afford that. Easily the best I have had of the style. A true "wow" beer.
$12 for an 8 ounce pour. Yeah, it's a swift kick in the nuts, but one that I would probably ask for again.
Serving type: on-tap
03-08-2014 02:34:58 | More by Bosoxfan20
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) from North Coast Brewing Co.
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